When I meet ordinary mortals in Slovakia, but also in the Czech Republic,
in my lectures and so on, many wonder whether I have to buy both shoes when
buying new ones. Yes, of course. I haven’t found shops where they would sell only
one shoe, but if you know about something, I’ll be glad if you let me know. If
I would complained about the shoes I bought, I would also have to return them
both, otherwise they will not accept the claim, I think this is the main reason
why they cannot be bought individually.
However, there are various other solutions in this topic. One is to find another one-legged friend who is missing the opposite leg. Of course I know a few, but there is another problem that we don’t have the same size. I wear size 44-45. Of course, it is advisable that you also agree with the other person’s matter of taste. What I like, he may not and vice versa.
Fortunately, I have a few acquaintances who can provide me with a left shoe of a discarded or damaged pair that would otherwise not be used and thrown away. I am also grateful to the sponsors who provided me with shoes (yes, both) for the race. At the moment I am running in Icebug shoes, which seems to me as a good choice. I use older Reeboks with a wider heel for training. Shoes with wider heels suit me a little more, because they provide me better balance and I protect my ankle better. The main thing about the race shoes I care about is that the sole should be thick enough to not feel every little stone, and at the same time, the interior should be soft enough to bear it on the track for 10 or more hours.
At such extreme distances, it is very difficult to choose the right shoes to keep the foot unharmed, but it is very important to maintain healthy joints and to perform as best as possible.